Who is Qing Han aka Qinni? Wiki, Biography, Age, Death Cause, Artist Tribute, Career

Qing Han aka Qinni Wiki – Biography

Qing Han aka Qinni has died at the age of 29 following a battle with cancer. The Canadian artist had amassed more than two million followers on Instagram and was a celebrated creative on DeviantArt.


Qing Han aka Qinni Age

She was 29 years old.


Qinni graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, in 2012 with a BAA in Animation, according to one online profile. That bio says that Qinni has worked with Disney XD and for Motorcity. The piece adds that Qinni had been working as an artist since 2008.

Qinni told Urban Muse in 2017 that her family agreed to let her study art partly because of the relatively cheap cost of college compared to the United States.

In 2016, one of Qinni’s most famous pieces of work, “Starred Freckles,” became a makeup trend, according to Pop Sugar. The Pop Sugar report said that Qinni’s trend became so big that Snapchat developed a photo filter around it.

Qinni said that in making “Starred Freckles,” she was “Mapping out the constellation with her freckles, in the night sky…” Qinni said of her fame in her Urban Muse interview, “I’m still having a hard time comprehending it.

I try not to think about it to be honest… it’s pretty daunting and I’d have to sort of watch what I say all the time now… and of course put up with a lot of people who hate me because they, like me, don’t understand why this happened, hahaha. I just wanted to be like…medium-well-known.

Like, a hundred thousand people was already a lot to me and I was pretty happy with that. But now it’s just crazy.”

Death Cause

Qinni has spoken openly about her health issues in the past. On her Twitter profile, she boasted of having gone through four successful open-heart surgeries thanks to a genetic heart condition.


In 2015, Qinni first disclosed her health issues to her fans. Later, Qinni said that her doctors advised her to seek care at a clinic in the United States. Qinni joked, “US medical fees are so much I dunno if I’d wanna go or just die and save some money for my aging parents.” In that same post, Qinni said that on top of her own health issues, she also wanted to go to China to visit her ailing grandfather who was suffering from cancer.

Qinni said of her various health issues, “I actually think I managed to produce better stuff when I was depressed hahaha. I think this sort of feeling is great fuel for emotional art, and it just feels good to sort of blarrgh feelings onto a page. Art therapy is a real thing hahaha.”

It was fellow illustrator, Courtney “Seage” Howlett who broke the sad news of Qinni’s passing. Howlett tweeted, “I’ll be away for some time while I sort through my emotions. I love you, qing… I’ll miss you. Rest in paradise.”

In the wake of Qinni’s sad passing, many of her fans have taken to social media to spread her artwork using the hashtag “galaxiesforqinni.”

On December 28, 2019, Qinni told her social media followers that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 fibrosis sarcoma. The disease was terminal, Qinni said. She tweeted that her doctor had told her that she had “a year or year and a half left.” Qinni added, “hey guys how do i stop randomly bursting into tears lol.”

In a follow-up statement on the diagnosis, Qinni said, “I appreciate all the support on Twitter and people becoming my patron is just so sweet, thank you guys so much. I apologize my condition might only get worse before it gets better though, I still have a lot pain problems right now actually. I think that’s the worst part ofo thise though, is the pain. god. I’m so tired.”

On February 5, Qinni posted on Instagram about her condition saying, “Not feeling the best today, but at least last round of chemo went better than my first round so I will take it. ” Qinni said that despite the illness, she had “never had such strong urge to keep drawing, so I might have pushed my body a little too far yesterday…”

Qinni Instagram

Though she eventually accumulated over two million followers on Instagram, Qinni found her start in the 2000s internet stalwart DeviantArt. Introduced to the site by a high school friend in 2005, it wasn’t until 2008 that she created an account and began posting her own work.

Qinni’s ethereal, anime-inspired art gained significant attention and was frequently shared by fans, galvanising her to pursue it as a career.

“DA was really the place where I got the encouragement and confidence to try and convince my parents I wanted to become a professional artist,” Qinni wrote in 2017. “I remember wanting to be just as skilled and well known as some of the artists here and it’s crazy to almost be able to see myself as their peer now.”

Artist Tribute

Tributes have poured in for Qinni from around the world, with countless artists who have been inspired by or admired her work sharing art under the hashtag #galaxiesforqinni.

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Many of these tributes have drawn from one of Qinni’s most famous pieces: a blue and purple girl with stars on her face. ‘Starred Freckles’ was so prolific that it even inspired a 2016 makeup trend.

Some have also incorporated gold fish or stars, references to Qinni’s 2012 short film Night Lights and 2017 artwork ‘Wishing upon a star.’


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